Here it is, the Matt Chat to end all Matt Chats! Gas Powered Games' latest project, Wildman: An Evolutionary Action RPG, hasn't been going well, and Chris blames himself. In this hour-long interview, we see Chris at times sad, grateful, guilty, and brilliant. Without doubt, he's a Good Person, someone that nobody should want to see fail regardless of the project he takes on. What makes the situation worse, though, is that Wildman actually looks like a great game, especially for folks like me who love Civilization-style tech building. Check out the video, and don't forget to pledge a few dollars to the Kickstarter campaign. Every little bit helps.
You can download the mp4.
Lots of great stuff in this last segment of my interview with Gas Powered Games' Chris Taylor. Here we start getting into some stuff that really disappointed Chris, as he struggled to achieve quality despite pressure from publishers. He also talks about how important it is not to bite off more than you can chew (Space Siege), and why he thinks consoles are the future of RTS. He's very candid throughout, and you definitely don't want to miss the ending when he talks about striking the right balance between pleasing gamers (with modding tools) and publishers (with profitability).
Note: I encourage you to watch the downloadable version this time. YouTube is screwing me with their algorithms again, this time providing advertising for Square Enix at my expense. I'll post it here nonetheless. Last time I ever use clips from one of their stupid game trailers.
Download the video here.
This is the second part of my interview with the IZZE-fueled Chris Taylor, this time talking about his two greatest achievements: Dungeon Siege and Total Annihilation. I love both of these games, even though Chris seems to find some flaws (especially with Dungeon Siege). At any rate, it's great viewing. Chris also disagrees with me about game lengths; he thinks games should a lot shorter (a position I've lately come to accept myself).
I'm back this week with a chat with Chris Taylor, the Gas Powered Guru behind Total Annihilation, Dungeon Siege, and Supreme Commander. Chris is a witty and very passionate guy, so prepare to be dazzled. In this part, he talks mostly about how he got his start in the games industry, which includes mastering z80 on his TRS-80.
Watch above or download the mp4.
Normally I don't mention new items such as this unless there's something particularly intriguing about it (that's what more mainstream Websites are paid to do), but the packaging for this one is kind of nifty - and - as a proponent of exquisite game packaging, I'm putting this PRESS RELEASE right to the top (click on the image at right to see a larger version):